May 31, 2008
David Stubbs interviews My Bloody Valentine on the release of their new EP ‘Tremelo’, Jan 26th 1991.
I don’t know if it’s the upcoming shows but the live review of MBV has been the most popular post so far so here’s some more My Bloody Valentine’s material for you all.
Shields pullquote “We’re lucky enough to be in this position now where I can walk into the studio and, if nothing happens, I’m not inspired, then I won’t do anything”. Yeah and you’ve been fucking bereft of fucking inspiration for the best part of 20 years Kevin so the new material better be fucking good. I wanna hear that it’s been worth the wait.
Stubbs byline purports to investigate “whether their out-of-this-world music has any relevance in the middle of a Gulf War” and in a few weeks we’ll be able to ask exactly the same question all over again.
May 30, 2008
Sinead O’ Connor N.M.E. cover 29th October 1988. Photo by Kevin Cummins.
“A breathless Barry Egan stokes the elfin inferno” reads the byline to the article inside this edition, where Sinead lays into Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and U2. Almost sacrosanct personalities at the time but now criticising these people seems reasonable, sensible even, given the perspective that a little time and distance provide.
Of course for Sinead, Nothing Compares 2U, the Pope incident and all her other traumas are still in the future at this point and given her long and tumultuous history it’s easy to forget what a great record her debut, The Lion and the Cobra, is/was.
Sinead’s wikipedia entry astounds me with the news that she recently came out on Oprah as having been diagnosed as bi-polar, apparently attempting suicide at the age of 33. I remember seeing Sinead on the Holloway Road around this time 98/99. It stuck in my mind because she just looked so, well, fucked basically. Now I know why.
May 29, 2008
Stuart Maconie interviews The LA’s in NME 20th October 1990.
This interview marked the release of their now seminal debut. Look how sane Lee Mavers looks in these photos though. I think the tales of drug abuse and madness have been greatly exagerated in retrospect don’t you?
May 28, 2008
May 27, 2008
Melody Maker cover Feb 18th 1995. Cover photo Tom Sheehan
I have a huge admiration for Martin Carr. Discovered The Boo Radleys back in 1989 through a friend, who had a friend that played drums with them in Liverpool. Bought Ichabod and I and never looked back. Unlike most bands who start brilliantly and then fade The Boo Radleys just got better and better for me, apart from Wake Up! that is.
This cover marks the time of that records release. I’m glad for the success and cash(?) it brought him/them but as a record it always left me kinda cold. Sure, Wake Up Boo! was a great single but the album as a whole just didn’t do it for me. The next two records (C’mon kids and Kingsize) seemed to be completely overlooked, yet they’re the ones I come back and listen to time and time again. I blame the artwork, which, almost without exception, is absolutely terrible. I think I read something about Kingsize only selling 9,000 copies in an interview. That’s a fucking travesty!
May 26, 2008
Chris Roberts reviews My Bloody Valentine live at ULU. Feb 25th 1989.
Even before Loveless there’s a hallowed tone to this piece. I saw MBV a few times back in the day pre and post Loveless but I don’t recall much from it now. I remember the shows being incredibly loud but pretty nondescript in terms of performance.
Not long now before they play 5 nights at the Camden Roundhouse. Will I be there? Oh yes.
And if you like that then there’s a sequel at Reynolds Retro.
If you’ve arrived here from Google, all caught up in the froth of the new MBV live shows, but are a little..er…let’s say “young and naive”, then do yourself a favour and read this well informed potted history of MBV from their inception to the present day.
Well written post about MBV’s 2008 ICA rehearsal on The Quietus where you can also read the excellent Taylor Parkes review of the Isn’t Anything and Loveless re-issues
Newly located boutique record shop Pure Groove have some MBV live photos/prints for sale in limited quantities. Click here for more info.